Heartfelt Love Notes Blog Hop

It’s time for the January Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop sharing alternate ideas for the January 2018 kit – Heartfelt Love Notes.  This kit has a fun Valentine/Love Themed stamp set and is packed with supplies for 16 cards that you can add a little treat to.

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I went really simple this time for my alternate idea.  I haven’t yet had a chance to put my kit together or even play with it.  I was running out of time to create something yesterday and by the time I was done it was dark.  So my photos are not the best – they are always better when I take them in the day light.


For my project I decided to make some little notes using the stamp set and ink plus a couple of left over bits from the kit and a few other products that I had in my craft room.  I had the new Narrow Note Cards and Envelopes on my table so I grabbed some of those to create my alternate idea.  They are small – 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″.

If you save the vellum from your kit after you punch out the die cut pieces you can use that as a mask and sponge a heart on the little note card and on the envelope.  Be careful along the edges or grab another scrap or two to cover up anything you don’t want sponged on the outside of the heart.  I used a Stampin’ Sponge and Flirty Flamingo ink.  On the instruction sheet for the Paper Pumpkin kit it gives you a list of coordinating colors.  You could use a different color of pink ink too.

I stamped the words in the Rich Razzleberry ink that came with the kit.  Then I grabbed my Cookie Cutter Builder Punch to punch a little heart from the left over Flirty Flamingo sticker sheet scraps.  You could also use a little tiny heart die cut or another punch with a tiny heart.  Stampin’ Up! has had various ones over the years.  I added the little heart to the notecard – you don’t even need adhesive since its from the sticker scraps.

I sponged and stamped the envelopes too.  That’s it – super simple!

The Paper Pumpkin kits are a fun little escape and everyone comes up with so many creative ways to stretch them.  Its a perfect crafty gift any time of year – the kits come with everything and new subscribers will get the clear block in their first box.  You can Sign Up yourself or someone else Here.  Sign up by Feb. 10th to receive the February kit.

And now it’s time to move on and see the rest of the gang’s creativity!  Next up is Carolynn Sander.  Just click on her name or the next button to visit her blog.  I always love her scrapbook ideas using the Paper Pumpkin kits.  I can’t wait to see what she has created with this one.

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Here is the rest of the Blog Hop List in case you get lost along the hop or just want to jump around.


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I adore you

A quick little note card made with the stamps from the January 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit.


I added some supplies to create this little note card:

  • Whisper White Note cards & Envelopes
  • Whisper White card stock – a front layer and the heart
  • Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies – to cut the circle
  • Gold Thread – or use what is left from your kit
  • Metallic Enamel Shapes – for the little gold heart

Use the stamps and ink from your kit.  And you can also use dimensionals and glue dots from the kit – I had left overs.

I finished up my little treat boxes from the Paper Pumpkin kit and mailed them out to my boys today.


I did a tiny bit of altering – on the top flap of the box that gets folded over I trimmed away the back and sides so that it was just a top flap that folded over the arrow.  I also put a piece of Tear and Tape on that flap to secure it down and then put the little gold heart sticker on the back. On one box I moved the arrow to the front and put it under my heart – that was for mailing purposes – when i was trying to get it in the little padded envelope I was using the arrow came poking out of it on the side when it was placed under the flap.  It actually was cute under the heart going across the front too.

If you want the kit for February be sure to have an active account by tomorrow – Feb. 10th.  That is the cut off date.  And during Sale-A-Bration (now through March 31) you can purchase a 3-month prepaid subscription for $55 (+ tax) and get a free Sale-A-Bration item too.  The normal price is $59 – so you save a little bit.  And this deal works for both new and current subscribers. Order today on my website.


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Do you need a quick Valentine Treat?

Do you need a quick Valentine Treat idea?

I have one for you.  I pulled out my 6×6 Sending Love Paper Stack and just cut the sheets in half to make these candy wraps.


Take the 3″ x 6″ piece of paper and adhere the two ends together.  Tie a piece of twine around the top – I used Whisper White Baker’s Twine.  And add a little tag.

Slide the candy inside – you can use glue dots to hold it in place.  I put Reeses Peanut Butter hearts inside of mine.  Very quick and you could make a whole stack for a class from the Sending Love Paper Stack.  Enjoy!


Love is in the Air

Last Friday was my monthly Card Maker’s Class.  I try to offer a variety of card choices at this class each month so that everyone can make the cards that the need coming up.  Well as we all know February is coming and that means Valentine’s day is coming.  I am not offering a class specific to Valentine’s day this year so I’ve been trying to sprinkle in some loved themed cards here and there and especially in my card class.

I find that I tend to come up with cards I really like at the very last minute before I need them.  Maybe when I have more time I keep changing and adding and over thinking it and when I’m pressed for time it’s just done because it has to be.  Well this creation is one of those.  As I got up Friday morning for my card class and looked over my selection of cards I realized I really should have one more Valentine choice.  So I ran to my craft room and created this just before class started.


I really do love quick and simple cards.  And this one came together just like that!

Here are the supplies I used:

  • Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack #142733 $10
  • Stitched Shapes Framelits #145372 $30
  • Suite Sentiments stamp set #142968 $28 (wood mount) – it also comes in clear mount
  • Confetti Hearts Border punch #137415 $22
  • Sweetheart punch #133786 $16
  • Basic Black Baker’s Twine #134576 $3

Plus the Big Shot, Basic Black ink Real Red cardstock and adhesives.

The Stitched Shapes Framelits are one of my favorites and we have them in stock!  They are awesome and match up beautifully to our layering circles, squares and oval framelits too.

You can order any time at my online store – click here.  And don’t forget right now you can choose a free item with every $50 that you spend.


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Love is in the Air

Love is in the Air

I wanted to create a Valentine card and realized that I didn’t order the Sending Love Bundle – basically the Valentine themed set in our Occasions catalog.  I did order the Sending Love Designer Series paper stack though – so I had that to work with for Valentine’s.  As I looked through the catalog for an alternate stamp set to use I realized the Lift Me Up Bundle had several elements I could use to create a Valentine card – a heart that said Love, a heart die and the words Love is in the air – PERFECT!  So I got to work creating this cute card.


I used the Falling Petals Embossing folder on a piece of Pool Party card stock.  I chose one of the prints from the Sending Love Designer Paper stack for my hot air balloon.  I did cut a second little piece of the hot air balloon in Early Espresso and trim it to make the basket.  Then tied a piece of Whisper White bakers twine around it. Die cut a red heart to add to the balloon.  Add the white clouds and the Love is in the air sentiment and it turned into quite the cute Valentine Card.

I added a simple white layer stamped with the little heart on the inside.


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Every Heart Valentine

Every Heart Valentine

Now that the new year has come and gone it’s time to work on Valentine’s Day – it will be here before we know.  We are almost half way through January already!  Where in the world does the time go.  I had high hopes of getting so many things done over the holidays and it really just didn’t happen.  Sigh.

At the end of December I had my monthly Card Maker’s class and created this Valentine’s card as one of the selections.


I used a couple of new products from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog.

The Sending Love Designer Paper Stack – which is a fun 6×6 sized stack of red and while designs.  There are 8 double-sided designs in the stack.

I also used a new stamp set called Falling for You.  It’s part of the Falling in Love Suite which has products that are romantic and shabby chic.  Think marriage, wedding, love.

The heart is from the Sweet & Sassy Framelits die set.  I wonder why they gave that one a different name instead of just calling it layering hearts like they did the circles, squares, and ovals.  Even the stars are just called stars.  I want to call it layering hearts.

The Baker’s Twine is actually from the Holiday Catalog – I wish they had kept that little pack as it was perfect for Valentine’s projects this time of year.

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Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits Die

I wanted to show you an idea with the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits Die.  At the OnStage Local event in November the Make&Take that I showed was how to cut the new heart thinlit from Designer Series paper.  So everyone had the opportunity to cut one out and then to stamp on it with the coordinating stamp set.   We were able to use the Precision Base Plate and the new Big Shot Die brush.  Our Make&Takes this time were just elements and not full cards or projects.  I turned the heart into a full card and it ended up looking like this:

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Here are some tips for you when using this new die – it is the most intricate and detailed thinlit that Stampin’ Up! has released so far and in order to have it come out nice you want to follow these tips.

  • You have to use the Precision Base Plate to get a clean cut instead of your bottom cutting pad
  • Pass the die through the Big Shot back and forth 2 times
  • While in the past SU has not recommend this when cutting something thin like Designer Paper or Vellum use the Magnetic Platform on the bottom of your sandwich instead of the Multi-purpose Platform.  Just be careful that you don’t pinch your fingers!
  • Use the Big Shot Die brush and pad to remove all the pieces.

Here is a video from Stampin’ Up! –

Another tip I have for you is with the stamping.  If you look at the stamp set the little flowers have tabs on them to help you line them up for two step stamping.  What I decided to do was to create a template to help with stamping on the cut heart each time.  I marked on a cut heart where the tabs from the stamps should be in order to line it up.  Create your own template so you can use it as a guide each time you stamp.

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The little flower dies also match up to the die cut heart.  Notice there are 2 larger and 3 small flowers – use the cut or stamped flowers in those spaces.  If you look carefully there are also cut out flowers within the heart that you can layer a cut flower underneath.  There are 2 large ones and 2 small ones.  I need to take a picture of that – apparently I don’t have one.

This bundle doesn’t have to be just for Valentine’s day either.  Here I took the same layout for the card I made above and created a birthday and Mother’s Day card with this collection of products.

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These were some of my displays at the OnStage event.  The birthday card uses the little flower dies and the other card uses the Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper.

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Love Blossom Suite

Let me introduce you to the new Love Blossoms Suite from the 2016 Occasions Catalog.


I actually had the opportunity to introduce this suite of products to about 400 demonstrators at the Tampa On Stage Local Event in November.  I was on stage in front of everyone and extremely nervous – but I did it!




There are lights and cameras and screens and timers and so many different things to remember when you get on that stage including what in the world I was supposed to be saying!  I introduced all the products that are included in the suite and showed how to cut out the new Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits Dies along with the new Big Shot Die Brush.

I made a few samples for a display board here are a couple of those:

I’ll share some more of the ideas and info from my presentation in another post – this one is getting long.

Thanks for stopping by and have fun drooling over that new Occasions Catalog and the Sale-A-Bration free items!

Supply list for the Curvy Keepsake box:

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Supply list for the Treat bags:

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Hearts & Love

This clean and simple card idea was one that I saw somewhere by another demo.  I used Whisper White card bases which makes this really quick since I didn’t have to cut and score to get my card started.

white-hearts-loveI cut a white layer to stamp on with the hearts in Real Red ink.  The hearts are from the Hello Life stamp set.  A strip of Vellum has the cursive LOVE stamped on it.  Leave the strip long so you can tuck it around behind the layer and glue it to the back.  Then put a glue dot on the other end and cover it with the little heart punch.  Add a rhinestone to finish.

Something just in time for Valentine’s Day.

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Owl Be Mine

I love this cute punch art owl that I found online and decided to add him to a Valentine card for my class last month.  Every month I have a class at the local university and their mascot is an owl so it was a perfect card for them too.


I used the You Plus Me Bundle – which includes the Stamp set and the Designer Paper Stack.  Plus the new Happy Hearts Embossing folder.  Be sure to do your stamping before you emboss so it will be flat on your card.

The owl is made with punches – here is a list:

  • body – Real Red – 2-1/2″ circle punch
  • to make the ears at the top punch out a partial 1″ circle
  • belly – Stacked with Love Designer Paper stack – 2-1/3″ circle punch – stick it back into the punch and punch a second time to create a football shape
  • eyes – Whisper White – 1″ circle punch and Basic Black – 1/2″ circle punch
  • nose – Calypso Coral – Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack Heart
  • feet – Calypso Coral – Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack Heart
  • heart – Real Red – Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack Heart

The eyes on the owl and the heart are both popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals and then the whole owl is popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals on the front of the card.

A fun cute valentine card!

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